Moving from outside receiver to slot where he started in place of the ineffective Willie Wright, Antoine one-upped Mitchell’s three-touchdown effort by catching a program-record four touchdowns in a 42-7 FAU route of Wagner.
“It was good to see another receiver step up for us” coach Lane Kiffin said.
A transfer from USF, Antoine led the Owls with 11 receptions for 173 yards, both career highs.
He’s only the eighth player in Conference USA history to catch four touchdowns in a single game.
“When you go out there and have fun, you do big things” Antoine said.
All four of Antoine’s touchdown catches came from the arm of Chris Robison, who began the game with an opening-drive touchdown pass to tight end John Raine. Robison’s five passing touchdowns tied Rusty Smith for the most in a single game by an FAU QB.
Robison and Antoine connected for their first touchdown, a 37-yarder, near the end of the first quarter to push FAU’s lead to 14-0. Their second score was of the unscripted variety, blossoming from a Chris Robison scramble that ultimately located Antoine alone at the goal line for a 17-yard score.
The third touchdown was all Antoine, he caught a wide receiver screen on the left side of the field, bounced off a defender a the line of scrimmage, raced all the way across the field to the right sideline before turning up field and sprinting to the end zone for a 28-yard score.
“It felt like I ran a mile,” Antoine said. “When I got to the end zone I was pretty gassed.”
Antoine continued his career day in the second half with a 57-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to extend FAU’s lead to 35-7.
Robison completed 25-of-36 passes for 379 yards. He’s thrown nine touchdowns over the last two games, and tossed 10 touchdowns against only one interception over the season’s first four games.
“Feel really good,” Robison said. “These last two wins will boost our play and give us a good start to conference play.”
After FAU pulled its starters in the fourth quarter, redshirt sophomore quarterback Nick Tronti led Owls on one final scoring drive, covering the final three yards himself to give the Owls their margin of victory.
FAU’s offense on the day totaled 489 yards of offense including 387 yards in the air. The Owls run game totaled only 102 yards on 25 carries. Freshman Larry McCammon led the Owls with 13 rushes for 48 yards, but his three-game touchdown streak ended.
Florida Atlantic enters Conference USA play with a 2-2 record. The Owls travel to Charlotte on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.